Meet Our Team

Chiropractor Asheville NC Donald Acton
Chiropractor, Founder, & Executive DIrector

Donald Acton D.C., F.I.C.A.

Dr. Acton witnessed the miracles of Chiropractic at a very early age after seeing his Mother and Grandmother recover from serious illnesses. He had his spine checked for nerve stress at age 7 and has been a student of health and wellness ever since. He attended undergraduate school on academic and athletic scholarships. After graduating from Ball State University, he then received his doctorate degree from Logan College of Chiropractic in St. Louis, Missouri.

After moving to Asheville in 1979 he established Acton Family Chiropractic. At one time he ran 3 successful clinics in the Asheville area. Dr. Acton has performed over 500,000 adjustments, been the chiropractor for Olympic medalists, coached over 120 top chiropractors in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia, and been asked to teach health and wellness around the globe. He also serves on the board of the Carolina Chiropractors Association. He is the Father of 5 children and is happily married to his wife Joanie.

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Chiropractic Asheville NC Rachel Cohen Radiologic Technologist
Radiologic Technologist & Chiropractic Assistant

Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen is an Arizona native who moved to Asheville with her husband. She enrolled at AB Tech to become a radiologic technologist. After completing her first semester at the top of her class, she started working in a hospital. She felt like patients were treated more like numbers rather than people and realized it wasn't a good fit for her. That experience lead her to seek a career in chiropractic.

Dr. Acton gave her the opportunity to obtain her license as a radiology technologist and become a certified clinical chiropractic assistant. She is currently working towards her associates degree in medical billing and coding. Rachel said, "I couldn't be happier here! I love coming in to work every day, helping people and I feel like I am with family."

Rachel's first chiropractic adjustment was from Dr. Acton. After meeting and being adjusted by other chiropractors who come to our office, Dr. Acton is still her favorite, as well as her preferred doctor for primary care. Rachel states, "Honestly, I was nervous to get my neck adjusted, but Dr. Acton went at my pace to gain my trust. With his guidance and recommendations, the reversed curve in my neck is gone. AND I don't have headaches anymore!"

Chiropractic Asheville NC Joanie Front Desk Coordinator
Front Desk Coordinator

Joanie Acton

Joanie was born in Carmel CA but grew up in High Point before moving to Waynesville in high school. After attending Lees-McRae and UNC she became a paralegal. She moved to Asheville in 1991, met Dr. Acton and they got married in 1993. Five years after getting married, Joanie decided to quit law. Her focus became her family after having her first baby (Gunnar), along with her three bonus children. Five years later McKenzie came along.

Joanie spent the next 20 years as a home-school Mom. This allowed for their family to travel extensively and allowed time for her cycling, skiing and camping hobbies!

Once their children became older, she wanted to be more involved with the practice. She is an amazing front desk coordinator, who brightens up the office everyday in every-way!

Joanie has an amazing knowledge of health and wellness. Her grandfather was a surgeon in High Point and her father owns a health food store in Waynesville. She and the children regularly receive adjustments.

Chiropractic Asheville NC Julie Massage Therapist
Massage Therapist

Julie Cody

Julie is originally from West Palm Beach, Florida. She moved to Haywood County at age 10. She is a Tuscola High School graduate. She went on to A-B Tech to get her certification in Dental Assisting. She spent 25 years in Dentistry.

After a dear friend introduced her to YL Essential Oils and the Raindrop Technique, It drew her toward massage therapy.

She completed a 600-hour Massage Therapy Diploma Program at Western North Carolina School of Massage in Asheville, NC. She received her license from North Carolina Board of Massage & Bodywork Therapy in 2016 She has received CEUs in Oncology, TMJ Dysfunction, Deep Tissue, and Prenatal Massage. She has worked the last 3 years at the 5 star spa at the Biltmore Estate.

Julie is the mother of two grown children. Nana to two granddaughters, with a grandchild expected Christmas 2020. She enjoys taking care of her mother, their dogs, and her horses.

Chiropractic Asheville NC Office Dogs
Office Greeters

Finn & Aleks

Meet our adorable office puppies! Our brown doggy, Finn, will melt your heart with his cuteness. Our black doggy, Aleks, will desire all the attention and belly rubs. These brothers are in our office to provide the much needed free puppy therapy that all humans enjoy.

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Acton Family Chiropractic
789 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 258-0264